The Kansas Senate has endorsed a map that would redraw the state's congressional districts. The plan would put the city of Lawrence entirely in the 2nd District. The city is currently split between the 2nd and 3rd. Senator Tim Owens, an Overland Park Republican, chairs the chamber's redistricting committee. He says Kansans have told him that they want a plan that splits as few counties as possible.
Around half the chamber's Republicans supported the bill along with all the Democratic minority. The state Republican Party has criticized the map, saying it skews the 2nd District in favor of the Democratic Party. The proposal would increase the number of registered Democratic voters in the 2nd, but there would still be more registered Republicans. The map would also move the city of Manhattan from the 2nd District into the 1st, which covers western Kansas. City officials have opposed that move. The redistricting plan will now go to the Kansas House.